frequently asked questions...
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD SEE A COUNSELOR?
There are many reasons why you may seek out counseling. But, if you feel like you can't figure things out on your own; if your feelings are affecting your sleep, job, or relationships; or, if you've tried to change, but things aren't getting better, you may benefit from counseling.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM COUNSELING?
Counseling promotes self growth and change by allowing you to express your feelings in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. Through exploring what's happening in your life and patterns of behavior you've learned from your family, you can identify what's keeping you from solving your problems.
Additionally, counseling provides a chance to develop a therapeutic relationship that helps you voice your perspective and feel validated, which builds self-esteem and confidence. I help clients look at what's happening in their lives in new ways, and identify and achieve goals.
Counseling is hard work and can bring up emotions that are painful. You may go into counseling thinking you'll deal with one thing, but another comes up. That's OK. You may not always be aware of what's bothering you until you allow yourself to open up. Counseling allows you to do so in a supportive environment.
WHAT IS A MFT?
A Marriage and Family Therapist is trained in looking at clients' issues from a systemic point of view. That means an MFT evaluates and treats mental and emotional problems within the context of the family and larger community system. Marriage and Family Therapists treat a wide range of clinical problems including marital and relationship problems, depression, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.
More information on MFTs and their training is available from The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
WILL INSURANCE COVER YOUR SERVICES?
Health care insurance will cover most counseling services as long as you have a diagnosis for a mental health issue like depression or anxiety. It does not cover help with general issues that come up in couples counseling like communication or conflict management problems.
Relationship issues, and the responses you have to those issues, are unique; so you should speak with me before we meet, and then check with your insurance provider to confirm that my services will be covered.
Paying for my services "out-of-pocket" or with your HSA account is always an option.
I am in network with Preferred One, UCare, Medical Assistance, and some HealthPartners plans; however, most other health care insurances will cover my mental health counseling services as an out-of-network provider.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I am conveniently located a few blocks off the Green Line, near Snelling and University Avenues in St. Paul (570 Asbury Street, #206). It's a great location; close to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota, Hamline, Concordia, Augsburg, Macalester, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas.
© 2016 Kelly Semler, Counseling for Relationships